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November 9, 2012

Class of 2014 First Five-Stars: Andrew Brown

MORE FIRST 5-STARS: Brown - Humphrey - Hand

They are the best of the best. The players wanted by every program and destined to make a big impact at the college level and beyond. Rivals.com has identified the first five-star prospects for the 2014 class and is unveiling them this week. Ten prospects have been awarded five-stars but are not ranked at this time and we will profile two each day. One of today's five-stars is Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith defensive tackle Andrew Brown.

Andrew Brown, DT, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith

Attributes: 6-4, 292

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Andrew Brown
Position: Defensive tackle
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 292
High school: Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith
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Scouting Report: Brown is the type of disruptive force a team can build around on the defensive line. He plays well against the run and is quick enough to be a factor as a pass rusher. At the point of attack, Brown is very strong, stays low and plays with good leverage. Brown has very quick feet and gets off the line very fast for a 6-foot-4, 295-pound player. There is still room on his frame to add weight. His powerful, active hands make it easy to see his great strength and aggressive, physical mentality. On pass plays, Brown usually beats his man on his first try, using a variety of moves. When making a tackle, there aren't many players that are as violent. He takes up so much space he gets plenty of chances to make his presence felt.

Analyst's Take: "Brown is a player every team in college football should want on their team. He has the ability to disrupt any play from the defensive tackle position. Brown's tough, physical and aggressive mindset will set the tone for any team he plays for. He makes it nearly impossible for offenses to run because he sets up camp in the backfield. Brown takes up so much space and easily sheds blockers using good technique and great strength. If the play goes outside of him, Brown takes the correct angle of pursuit to get to the ball carrier. He is relentless in his pursuit and when rushing the quarterback. On pass plays, Brown regularly beats the offensive lineman off the ball and either makes the sack or flushes the quarterback out of the pocket. He is also very powerful when making a tackle." -- Adam Friedman, Mid-Atlantic Analyst, Rivals.com

Why He's A Five-Star: "Brown is a big, physical defensive tackle who has re-shaped his body upon arriving at Oscar Smith and is much quicker and agile than ever before. Brown uses his hands as well as any other defensive lineman in the country and is extremely violent with them, often knocking opponents off balance. Brown gets off the snap very well and has the natural pass-rushing ability of a big defensive end with the size and strength of a defensive tackle. A rare prospect who could play any position along the defensive line, Brown's future appears as a 4-3 defensive tackle or as a 3-4 end." -- Mike Farrell, National Recruiting Analyst, Rivals.com

His Coach Says: "The combination of his size and speed is pretty rare. There aren't many kids that are 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5, 290 pounds that can move and use his hands as well as he can. He came to us this year and he has certainly improved. We've demanded a lot of him and he's gotten used to that. He's been getting better every day so he obviously wants to improve his skill and ability. Work ethic has been really good and we're expecting a lot more out of him as he continues to develop in our program. He could be the tackle or the end in a 3-4 defense. If he goes to a 4-3 team he could play the end if they want him to but he would probably be on the inside. He's going to get bigger and he's going to get stronger so he could play inside or outside at the next level but I think he'll play where he feels most comfortable. If he continues to work and follow instructions like he has been the sky is the limit for him. By the time he graduates from Oscar Smith I'm expecting him to be an All-State, All-American type of player with championships under his belt." -- Oscar Smith Coach Richard Morgan

Odds And Ends: Brown transferred to Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith from Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River before the 2012 season. ... During the summer, Brown attended numerous camps to showcase his talents and began a friendly battle with fellow five star Da'Shawn Hand for MVP honors at each. ... Brown likes to write his own music, beats and lyrics, in his spare time to relax.

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